macal radica art for living and dying on a ravaged plaet.
learning in public
lol/sob with me
for the record
short bioRachael Rice is an artist, writer, death worker and certified weirdo who crafts scroll-stopping content for people who want to shape change.*
Her work centers collapse-informed learnings about grief, death, myth, magic and meaning-making in pale times.
A neurodivergent queer witch navigating multiple health diagnoses and broadly coded as a white cis woman, Rachael is of Swedish, Scottish, Irish, French, German and English ancestry living and loving with her partner whose income supports her work on the lands of the Chinook in Portland, Oregon.
She works in a dozen kinds of media, plays four instruments, speaks three languages, parents two children, and hollers at one cat, usually not all at once.
*phrase credit - Octavia Butler
From wherever you are on this good green earth to where I am, here in a boreal forest on the lands of the Chinook in a place called Portland, Oregon and from my people to yours,
Here might be a place you came to know about me or my work.
I come from white settler-colonizers, migrants to the Ohio River Valley as landless farmers from Sweden: places like Småland, Skåne and Götaland. My people were largely Scandinavian and Scottish Highlanders, Ross Clan; with a good dose of Irish, French, German and English.
The aggregate of entangled more-than-human elements including manifold tiny critters, viruses, bacteria, fungi, dead cells, ghosts and sunlight that contribute to my consciousness as a “self” typically uses she/her pronouns and she/they can be most accurately gendered by the word “witch.”
I grew up with two married, working parents (my mother was a hospice nurse, my father a Vietnam War vet and student of plant physiology) in central Oklahoma. I do not come from family money of any sort and did put cardboard in my shoes as a child when they got holes, but then my dad finished his doctorate and my parents became “upwardly mobile” and moved to the suburbs.
I lived on the East Coast spending some years in the NJ-NYC area and then settled for a long while in Vermont, where I taught public school and community-based arts after attending Goddard College before landing in the PNW in 2011 as a full-time creative.
I have been a waitress, a blogger, a substitute teacher, a death worker, a house painter, a muralist, a website designer; I have worked as an ad sales rep, in retail, in ski lodges and diners and in so many schools from Telluride to Montpelier to Brooklyn. My undergrad studies centered on gender equity in the classroom and the role of public art in socio-political change.
A semi-retired performer, I’ve written and recorded music, played as a solo artist, with duos, trios, rock bands, country bands, wedding bands, all-girl bands, tribute bands and have shared the stage with legends whose amps I wasn’t qualified to carry.
I have sung for my supper, for fundraisers and for Bernie Sanders.
I have been on strike, on drugs, and on thin ice with enough bosses I had to become an entrepreneur just so I could avoid kissing so much ass.
My quote unquote professional experience is in the fields of public school education (a very fine rail on which to be run out), critical pedagogy, complementary and alternative currency models, social enterprise and non-profit marketing and fundraising, public murals and art installations, online educational endeavors, senior copywriting, and live music events.
I am in recovery from internalized capitalism, new-age / personal development / in-group cult dynamics, and have worked with various diagnoses over the years including C-PTSD (complex/developmental trauma), bipolar disorder, ADD, depression + anxiety, among others.
- ACES Score: 6
- Myers Briggs: INFJ
- Enneagram: 4/8
- Human Design: Projector
- Learning Style (Gregorc): Concrete Random
- Zodiac: ☉ = Pisces, Asc = Sagittarius, ☽ = Aquarius
Presently I am exploring ancestrally nourished, bioregionally animistic, trauma-informed, and grief-saturated approaches to creativity and learning that aspire not to happiness but to wholeness. I’m interested in theory (economic, attachment, polyvagal, feminist, critical race) but I do not believe we will find ideological solutions to neurobiological problems.